MWC 2015 – Supporting the Connected Enterprise

Mobile World Congress in Shanghai highlighted how much change and disruption the enterprise technology landscape has seen in recent times and how this will be rapidly accelerated in to the future. With that in mind, let’s consider a little bit of history. For many years IT provided a Windows desktop with applications either preloaded into an SOE image or installed by some type of application distribution system or even sneaker net. Even though we still see a fair proportion of Windows PCs in the enterprise, the status quo has been disrupted.

The iPad came along in early 2010. It was not sold as an enterprise tool, but rather it was sold to consumers, like you and I. It was a completely new experience and people liked it so much that they started taking them to the office. IT resisted but it did not stop user behaviour. The apps were also better on these devices than those available in the enterprise, so consumers started using things like Dropbox to share data in their corporate environment. Now IT had a real problem. Not only in terms of where these devices connected to corporate networks and services but also in the storage of corporate data both on the device and in the public cloud. Businesses started to realise that they could not fight it. Mobility had changed the way employees wanted to work.

The next change the enterprise needs to be ready for is the arrival of the Millennial employee. The Millennial employee has very different attitudes to work:

  • Work is what I do and not a place I go to
  • Access to mobile is rated equal with food and shelter
  • Will accept a worse paying job to get access to better mobile services
  • If robbed will protect phone over wallet
  • Expect to be able to access applications on the device they choose
  • Only wants to do challenging work – let automation do the boring stuff

Both of the disruptive forces mentioned above highlight the impact mobile has had and will continue to have on the enterprise. The issues of device management, corporate data on devices and providing applications to users anywhere mobile connectivity is available can be solved.

VMware enables end users access to virtual desktops, applications and online services through a single workspace. This means Millennials can have the device of their choice and still access corporate applications wherever they are without compromising on Security..

 

Bruce Perram,

Senior Solution Architect VMware AN/Z